.... you will reap the benefit of the VRI preference after you deposit your week into the RCI Weeks spacebank. You do not have to deposit the week into the Points system. I don't even know if there is such a thing as a VRI preference once a week is converted. Maybe someone can answer that question.
I recently bought a red VRI week at Fairways of the Mountains, specifically to get the VRI priority. (Technically, I bought two EOY weeks, but whatever.) The Foxrun week I already owned is blue, and gets VRI priority only for other blue VRI weeks -- pretty useless. After my offer to purchase the red Fairways of the Mountains week was accepted, I learned that the week had been converted to RCI Points. So, I now own a VRI week that has been converted to RCI Points.
I asked Madge about VRI priority for my new week and was told that my Fairways of the Mountains week could NOT be deposited into RCI Weeks and would NOT get VRI priority when doing searching on the "weeks side" of RCI Points. However, she said that other VRI resorts would be considered part of my weeks "Home Group" and get a one-month priority window for the "points side" of RCI Points. RCI Points has not yet processed the transfer of ownership, so I don't know yet how useful this Home Group priority will be.
.... BTW...I don't want to add fuel to the fire, but I received a mailing from RCI today re: the benefits of VRI ownership. The brochure states that there are 76 "exciting" VRI resorts. They go on to list by my count 74...none in Hawaii or Whistler. They also have "white dots" in States where there are VRI resorts...no white dots in Hawaii. Perhaps the brochure was printed before the affiliation with VI? Perhaps PA is correct?
Also, none of the VI resorts are listed as VRI-managed on VRI's website, www.vrivacations.com
. All the listed resorts are in the "lower 48" states; nothing in Hawaii or Canada. I thought that, back on the old board, there was a thread establishing that VI was NOT included in the VRI priority.